What’s Lurking in the Data Lake? The “Global IT Data Lake Report; Q4 2016” Dives Deep Into Some Shocking Truths About Compute and Storage Resources

Given all the modern concern about sparing resources, living lightly on the planet and so forth, it comes as a rude awakening to learn that data centers are actually wasting compute and storage resources as if they flowed from some infinite source.

The CloudPhysics Global IT Data Lake Report; Q4 2016 takes an unflinching look at a side of technology that few have paid attention to. It’s a story told by trillions of aggregated information slices from hundreds of thousands of servers, VMs and infrastructure powering the world’s data centers. Altogether, the CloudPhysics data lake leverages the largest global dataset in the IT industry.

The story it tells is hiding in plain view: an abundance of idle, wasted compute and storage resources accruing worldwide day by day; year after year. All of those unused resources represent lost money, at a time when IT budgets are notoriously shrinking and IT departments coming under pressure to do more with less.

Of course, other global trends and changes are revealed by the Global Data Lake Report, but they are overshadowed by statistics like these:

  • The cumulative financial impact of rightsizing during migration would amount to a net $54.7B annually—exceeding the GDP of 114 nations
  • More than 50 percent of the world’s allocated virtual central processing units (vCPUs) could be reclaimed.
  • A full 90 percent of the virtual machines (VMs) from CloudPhysics’ global dataset average less than 15 percent utilization of the vCPU allocated to them
  • 91 percent of VMs globally average 10 input/output per second (IOPS) or fewer.
  • 80 percent of an organization’s IOPS is used to access only 20 percent of their storage.
  • 35 percent of organizations in the CloudPhysics Global IT Data Lake have meaningful degrees of I/O contentions daily, with 5 percent of their VMs experiencing contentions every day.

It’s an understatement to say that data centers need to function more cost-efficiently—in fact this situation shouts to the skies for optimization. Fortunately, CloudPhysics not only exposes the problem, but offers a simple, painless way to stop this resource bleeding and start enjoying the benefits of recovering what was lost. The impact of rightsizing on private clouds would be huge—but the benefit when it comes to migrating optimally provisioned workloads to the cloud is nothing short of dramatic. And the rush to deploy solid state disk in the world’s data centers stands to fall short of expectations, if done without a thorough analysis of where it can benefit the world’s workloads.

CloudPhysics works with IT teams to deliver the necessary analytics and insights to help data centers reach peak performance. Its SaaS-based analytics solution leverages big data science to continually view and analyze virtual infrastructures. This yields the granular intelligence and actionable insights needed to rightsize, and enjoy the lower costs—along with reducing risk and enabling smarter business decisions.

Check out the entire Global IT Data Lake Report; Q4 2016 and to learn how to get customized insights on your own data center today. /quarterly-report